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Springer time!
George Springer ((USATSI))
Well that was fast. George Springer's promotion to the majors is just one topic our Scott White and Michael Hurcomb address in their Prospects Report. Full story
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Cardinals make multiple moves with pitching staff
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) The Cardinals have made several moves in the wake of starting pitcher Joe Kelly being placed on the disabled list. They have promoted pitchers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Memphis and dispatched fellow right-hander Keith Butler to the Redbirds.

Joe Kelly placed on DL with hamstring injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) A hamstring injury sustained Wednesday while attempting to beat out an infield hit has landed Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list. He had been sent back to St. Louis for an MRI, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

Kelly has been brilliant in three starts with one earned run surrendered in 15 1/3 innings, though he owns just a 1-1 record. His 0.59 ERA leads the National League.


Brandon Maurer looking like the Sunday starter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:42 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Brandon Maurer is looking like the Sunday starter, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Anthony Fernandez was also considered a candidate, but threw 83 pitches in Triple-A Wednesday. Maurer would replace Blake Beavan, who was placed on the disabled list due to shoulder issues. Maurer last pitched Monday, and would be on longer rest for Sunday's game. 


Clayton Kershaw unleashes breaking pitches in session
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:40 pm ET) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took another step Thursday in his recovery from an upper back injury by throwing 35 pitches, including breaking balls, per MLB.com.

The next step will be throwing to live hitters before a likely rehab stint serves as the precursor to his return to a big league mound in mid-May.


Billy Butler will be dropped in the order
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:37 pm ET) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler will be dropped in the batting order, according to the Kansas City Star.

Butler has gotten off to a terrible start, hitting just .149 with zero home runs over 47 at-bats. Manager Ned Yost admitted during a radio spot that Butler will be moved out of the cleanup spot. It's unclear how long Yost will keep Butler lower in the order. 


Jose Abreu mired in slump
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:33 pm ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is mired in a 1 for 25 slump, according to ESPN.

Abreu collected one hit April 13, but that has been sandwiched between a four game stretch in which he has gone hitless. Abreu has seen fewer fastballs than most players, which is likely a sign pitchers are trying to get him out with breaking stuff. Most hitters experience a period of adjustment after they reach the majors, and Abreu will attempt to do so in the coming days.


Angel Pagan getting break Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:24 pm ET) Giants center field Angel Pagan has been given the day off for the Thursday game against the Dodgers.

He will try upon his return to keep the absence from killing the momentum he has gathered throughout the beginning of the season. He has hit safely in 13 of 14 games and owns a stat line of .383/.431/.500. Particularly impressive is that Pagan has 10 RBI from the leadoff position.


Brandon Crawford sidelined again with hamstring tweak
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) A hamstring injury will keep Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford out for the second straight game Thursday against the Dodgers.

Crawford had been on a tear before the injury knocked him out. He remains on a seven-game hitting streak during which he has 10 hits in 25 at-bats with four runs and seven RBI. He boasts an impressive stat line of .318/.407/.545.


Jason Bartlett launches rehab assignment Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett began a rehab stint with Class A Fort Myers on Thursday as he works to recover from an ankle sprain, per MLB.com.

Bartlett played in just three games early this season before being sidelined. He struck out in each of his three at-bats.


Report: Matt Harrison rehab stint could be lengthened
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who has not pitched since making two starts to begin the 2013 season, might be forced to wait a bit longer to return from a rehab assignment after back surgery.

General manager Jon Daniels has not committed to Harrison rejoining the Rangers rotation late next week, which indicates that the left-hander could be forced to make two or three more minor league starts, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


 
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